Even as the country celebrated International Day of Forests on Sunday, a tigress was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a canal near Kelzar in Hingni forest range under Wardha division, Maharashtra. The death of two tigers on consecutive days and three in eight days caused a flutter among wildlife lovers and officials. Social media was agog with sharp reactions putting a question mark over conservation.
As per the all-India Tiger Estimation 2018, there are 312 tigers in the state. Experts say the tigress is said to be 15-month-old sub-adult, one of the offspring of a resident Bor tigress Ambika aka T1. The latest death has pushed the tiger toll in Maharashtra in the last 79 days to 11. On Saturday, an eight-month-old tiger cub was found dead inside Umred-Karhandla-Paoni Wildlife Sanctuary. Foul play has been ruled out as all body parts were intact.